Path Away From Coal

Idaho Power has interests in three coal plants. We have agreements to end our participation in two of them, and we’re exploring exiting participation in the third — and final — plant.

  • The Boardman plant in Oregon is scheduled to cease coal-fired operations in 2020. Idaho Power owns 10 percent of this plant, and Portland General Electric owns the rest.
  • The North Valmy plant in Nevada is co-owned by Idaho Power and NV Energy. Idaho Power has finalized an agreement with NV Energy to end its participation in North Valmy unit 1 by 2019 and unit 2 by 2025. Both companies own 50 percent of the plant; NV Energy is the operating partner.
  • The Jim Bridger plant in Wyoming is owned by Idaho Power (one-third) and PacifiCorp (two-thirds). Idaho Power is working with PacifiCorp and regulators to explore options for continuing to reduce emissions from the plant, including the possibility of exiting participation in some of Jim Bridger’s four units.

CO2 Emissions Reduction

Idaho Power is committed to reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) our energy-generating sources emit.

Since 2009, we’ve met various goals to help accomplish this. From 2010 to 2017, we reduced the COour energy sources emit by an average of 25 percent compared to 2005. This is measured in pounds of COper megawatt hour (MWh) generated, and is called emissions intensity.

Our current goal is to ensure the average COemissions intensity of our energy sources from 2010 to 2020 is 15 to 20 percent lower than 2005 levels.

These voluntary goals are initiated by our shareholders.

The chart below tracks Idaho Power’s progress since 2005 toward meeting our goals.

The chart above includes emissions and generation from Idaho Power-owned generation resources only. If Idaho Power has sold any Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), the renewable generation creating those RECs is not included in this CO2 emissions intensity calculation.